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Chimay Tripel (White) - Bières de Chimay S.A.

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3,455 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,455
Reviews: 1,530
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 151
Gots: 198 | FT: 1
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Bières de Chimay S.A. visit their website

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Labeled Chimay Cinq Cents in 750ml bottle.

(Beer added by: Todd on 09-18-2001)
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3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An exciting start as the cork literally popped out of the bottle upon being uncaged. Pours a hazy gold with sediment present and many tiny bubbles. Head is two fingers thick of light tan that fades down slowly leaving a cap and minor lacing behind. Nose is yeast up front and hops (noble?). Tastes of yeast and hops up front with a touch of alcohol, then some sweet honey-like malt. Finishes from sweet to bitter, with mild hops closing it. Mouth is quite bubbly and halfway between watery and syrupy, if that makes sense. Pretty good. Drinkability is very good; it’s a pleasant beer with a good smell and taste with a well-integrated alcohol content. Definitely an enjoyable beer.

Overall: Good all around. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2006 02:05:10 | More by jettjon
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4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Falling Rock Tap House in Denver, CO. What a great place for beer!

Pour is semi-cloudy golden with a huge meringue-like head that stays and leave lots of sheeting.
Smell is of yeast, malty caramel on pears, a hint of banana.

Taste is bright and picquant, surpisingly sweet for a trippel. Nice hoppy notes of sweet citrus and pine.

Very nice round mouthfeel with soft and pleasant carbonation.

Quite drinkable, almost sessionable except for the alcohol. Go get some now.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2006 04:13:50 | More by ColoradoBobs
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4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful bright light orange with a small head that melts to very fine lacing.
Aroma is very typical belgium yeast and sweet malts.
Taste is also typically belgium but with a lighter, brighter finish than I am used to. Sweet start...dry and citrusy....grapefruit hops finish.
Very nice full carbonated mouthfeel.
Nice dry citrus aftertaste makes you yearn for the next swallow.
I love a tripel and this is one of the best.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2006 04:36:09 | More by IntriqKen
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3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a chalice at The Old Monk, in Texas. Appearance was pale gold in color, with a moderate head which subsided into lacing over time. The aroma consisted of yeast & malt, but the hops really came through for a Belgian. Some spicy notes were also present. The taste was slightly sweet at first, with a good hop balance which was present more in the finish. I also picked up some clove/pepper towards the end. Mouthfeel was smooth, with a body that seemed lighter than the bottled version (which I would call medium bodied) and somewhat more carbonated. Warmth from the alcohol was present, but fairly well hidden. Drinkability was high, and I would consider this beer a troublemaker in that you are unlikely to realize the ABV from the taste.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2006 15:01:13 | More by
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4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap

golden straw in color - good tight bubbles in a creamy white head

decievingly light on the palate and yet fuller flavors appear as it warms

alcohol is smartly hidden and this beer has a refreshing quality to it for such a strong ale

oddly, this beer suffers from being too widely available, but should not be overlooked.

a classic.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2006 08:54:47 | More by k75
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4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A - Pours a nice golden yellow in color, lots of carbonation, huge foamy head that hangs around for a long time, very nice lacy which hangs around throughout the drink.

S - Scents of malts, yeast, pears, slight bananna, grapes.

T - The taste is tangy and kinda sweet, slightly dry finish.

M - Medium body, nice carbonated feel.

D - Drinkable. A very nice brew from Chimay, would recommend.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2006 17:28:55 | More by Wasatch
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4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well I've maybe only had around 50 total beers, but this one I could just not get a handle on. As I was drinking this I could not come up with a way to describe the taste or smell. Yes my palate is inexperienced, but this was also my first Trippel. It was definitely sweet, but I had a hard time picking out individual flavors. The appearance is a fairly clear gold with a huge fluffy white head, whether you try to pour for the head or not, it's still going to be huge. The taste as I can describe it is only sweet. But you could tell there is the faintest of hops at the very back end which may be Saaz? but really I'm not sure. This bottle was loaded with yeast, and since I had to pour about half the bottle, and then wait to pour the rest, the yeast was stirred up and towards the end what I had was a very cloudy beer with tons of yeast in suspension. That definitely seemed to change the flavor to give it more of a "twang" but it was still good. This was still very enjoyable especially at 8% alcohol you definitely aren't going to be complaining.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2006 08:36:52 | More by MiScusi
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4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured from bottle to awaiting chalice...

A - The base is a nice orange/golden haze. A huge thick, pillowy head stubbornly keeps me 3 fingers away from my beer. As it dissipated there was having lacing along the glass.

S - Spicy...hints of citrus and yeast...and nice hop presence.

T - Cloves and yeast first off. Then a nice hop flavor which is accompanied with a delicious citrus aftertaste and finishes with the warming alcohol.

M - Carbonation expands in my mouth....its like a cloud.

D - Really easy to drink...almost tooo easy ::shifty eyes::. I look forward to buying another bottle as soon as the store opens. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2006 20:23:35 | More by Gregorious
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4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful, hazy, gold/orange color with half-inch head and good retention. The aroma is spicy, citrus-like and right on for the style. Taste is also lemony and spicy, with a mild phenolic and peppery bite. Lightly tart but overall a good range and balance of flavors. Alcohol is not too noticible. Mouthfeel has a medium body with a nice creaminess to it. Perfect carbonation. I love Belgian Tripels and this one it a classic example with enough complexity that you can't pass it up.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2006 22:30:46 | More by bennetj17
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

one of my favorite tripels, pours with good head that reduces slightly faster than some other tripels that laces nicely, sweet slightly darker than golden color. Classic tripel taste and smell, slightly citric, hints of spices and some other fruits. Has that nice kind of sticky mouthfeel that stays around for a while. A beer that I will continously buy despite my low wage over and over.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2006 11:15:25 | More by gonzo138
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3.33/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I was highly pleased to see this beer added to the tap selection at my local bar, and the white was one Chimay I had yet to try in any form.

It poured with virtually no head, a cloudy goldish color with a light layer of white lace. It smelled somewhat fruity--both the tanginess of citrus and the sweetness of pear--but this odor was cancelled out by my least favorite scent/flavor in beers thus far: cloves. Along with this was a scent reminiscent of burnt wood.

The mouthfeel burned my palate without letting up throughout consumption - presumably a combination of this brew's inability to hide the alcohol and its clovey quality.

The alcohol/cloves cut through much of the other flavor, leaving behind a little sweet fruitiness.

This beer was not bad, and I'm glad to see it on tap, but it's my least favorite tripel thus far (I've only had a few) as well as my least favorite Chimay.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2006 06:27:11 | More by instrumentality
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4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served from tap at ella's famous wood-fired pizza in chimay chalace
hazy orange amber with off-white head that left sheet lacing.
as far as aroma, very faint (a cig. smoker lit up right next to me, further dulling smell) -- delicate fruit smell with an earthy quality.
very soft strawberry and orange taste behind a center malt character (faint mocha and some earthy quasi-nuttiness) opens to spiciness, then big hop and malt dual-assault bitterness that grows almost sour at tail (tho not undesirably so). lengthy finish that dries out.
medium to full-bodied with walloping texture that rolls over the palate in an aggressive, coating attack that later becomes more of a wash.
fairly delicious with the bitter quality.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2006 01:30:37 | More by villainchiwwin
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4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First of all I have to say that this is some damn expensive Belgian beer. $4.75 for a 12 ounce bottle before taxes. I can buy a 25 oz. bottle of Corsendonk for $6.99. But I heard very good things about this beer but so I had to try some. This beer pours a light to medium brown color with an orangish hue and a very nice frothy head that starts out over 2 inches long! Doesn't stay that big for long though. But it remains right down to the last drop. Leaves veyr nice lacing in the glass too. Aroma's of honey, spices, citrus, and perhaps some fruits ensue. Taste pretty much emulates the smells I just described, sweet with some citrus and a bit of fruityness and some malt with the hops of course as well as alcohol. the alcohol sure leaves a nice warming feeling inside. This beer has a very crispy mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. I find this beer to be highly drinkable. It is tasty but not something I think I'll be buying very often due to the high price tag it carries.


Serving type: bottle

06-24-2006 01:02:14 | More by neenerzig
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4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours an apricot and honey color with quite a few floaties in it. The head started off impressive, but fell to a thin white film.

Smells of honey and pastries with a sweet and pasty marshmallow yeast. There’s a mellow ambiguous sour fruit in the background adding a lot of depth to the smell.

The flavor starts with a dry yeasty bite, but then unfolds into a bit oh honey, bread dough and a touch of grapefruit. Finishes with hints of hazel nuts and grapefruit.

The mouth feel is medium bodied that’s backed by a huge presence of micro-bubble carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2006 23:43:15 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This turned out to be my favorite of the Chimay ales. It pours an orange-amber with the traditional cloudiness. Impressive head dies quickly that provides a very light lace.

This is the spiciest of the Chimay entries. The aroma has some orange rind, clove and alcohol warmth.

I find myself liking this one more than other trappist ales because of the noticable hop. The aftertaste is a continuation of the hop bite. This is the driest of the Trappist Ales (so far). I like the body and carbonation is very high.

Here's a Belgian ale that's closest to the style I like. So, I imagine if you're a hop head this will be a closest Belgian to your preferences.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2006 17:51:02 | More by smcolw
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4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap today at O'Brien's and it was served in a Chimay goblet with the silver rim, nice presentation. Bright amber-gold with some peach highlights in the slight haze with a finger of white bubbly foam head that dwindled to a ring in less than two minutes. Good carbonation and lots of thick lacing left after each sip.

Sweet spicy, fruity nose with banana, clove, pear, some citus and notes of yeast and of coarse, alcohol. Un-mistakably Belgian aroma.

The taste is very sweet fruity malt that's bubblegum, banana, pear with the peppery spiceness that turns slightly musty of yeast into a warming, alcohol smooth finish. Sweet and satisfying.

Plenty of body with a somewhat velvety mouthfeel and ample alcohol make this beer a pleasant sipper. Another quality Belgian that knows this style all too well. Tastes great on-tap, but it puts a dent in your wallet...cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2006 08:25:01 | More by scottoale
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Alberta (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

At last the Chimay white cap, although to be honest I haven't been holding my breath to get my hands on it up to this point. But let's see what all the fuss is all about...

Pours out a cloudy gold/peach with a fair amount of carbonation action, and a huge chunky off-white head speckled with large bubbles. Sticky coral-like lacing.

Spicy nose at first, black pepper, slight banana and clove. A bit musty, with dry apple peels, grains and yeast. A bit of a citrus zing as well.

Spice and alcohol up front in the flavour, peppercorns and high octane, bitter grains and yeast in the middle with a thin powdering of candi sugar, and a finish of cirtus rind. It's all rather sharp and rough around the edges.

The mouthfeel is fairly average, the real textural action takes place with the spices and rinds in the flavour.

No sir, this Chimay tripel didn't do anything for me at all. It does all mellow out towards the bottom of the glass, but it all still doesn't come together very cohesively.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2006 18:57:23 | More by IronDjinn
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4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Rich golden with a chill and thick white head, lots of bubbles floating to the top. Very sticky lacing, very inviting.

Smell: Spicy, malty, herbal hops and mild alcohol. Almost a pepper like smell, medicinal.

Taste: Very clean malt and grain flavors, spicy character goes up your nose, very mild alcohol warming, plesantly medicinal, mild herbal hops balance it out.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and bubbly, medium bodied and light to medium carbonation, coats the mouth a little.

Drinkability: This is very drinkable and would be excellent with a meal. Finishes so clean and it's smooth, it's warming and well balanced, but very flavorful and palate cleansing.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2006 00:14:31 | More by guitarmage
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Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – Pours a light brown with orange aspects to it. It is cloudy and has a big frothy head which leaves nice lacing down my glass.

Smell – Smells of light amounts of yeast with white peppercorn. There is some strong citrus…grapefruit and lemon mainly. I also smell a touch of sweet banana. There is a little bit of hop aroma as well. Fairly nice effect.

Taste – I get more yeast when I taste this beer. Grapefruit is prevalent with a little pepper again. There is a bit of sourness as well. The finish is a mixture of alcohol and hops. Overall not great.

Mouthfeel – It’s a little thin but not too bad. Carbonation felt a little sharp.

Drinkability – I don’t know what it was…but something rubbed me the wrong way here. I found this one a little tougher to finish than most Tripels.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2006 22:34:39 | More by Orrshow
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Alberta (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured extremely slowly but still produced a massive ivory head on top of a deep orange body. Slightly hazy before even pouring in the yeast from the bottom, and becomes almost opaque as yeast is swirled and poured.

The smell is a mix of candy sugar, citrus zest and black pepper. Digging really deep opens up the aroma of cloves as well. As it warms, cloves become stronger, and it becomes more and more apparent that wheat is used in making this beer.

First tastes run through candy sugar, banana and sweet bread. Though each of those flavours are sweet, the overall effect is mild. The finish is fairly spicy and has a slight alcohol warmth. Throughout it feels a bit dry on the palate. Working my way through the bottle leaves a bit of an ashen flavour in the mouth.

Mouthfeel is alright, nothing out of the ordinary for the style. Body may be a little watery.

All in all, it wouldn't be my first pick for a tripel. It smells fantastic, but just doesn't live up to it in the taste department. Not bad overall but not one of the greats.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2006 03:15:01 | More by elricorico
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4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on-tap at Afspanning 't Waagstuk in Antwerp, Belgium.

This tripel poured a hazy, amber color with white foam that settled, clinging and leaving lace on the glass. The smell was a typical tripel aroma of Belgian malt with touch of vinousness. The taste was fruity with light Belgian maltiness and a very light sweetness. There was also some vinous malt flavors and a kiss of hops in the finish. The mouthfeel was crisp and dry overall with only a hint of sweetness. The body was medium with good carbonation. The finish was lightly malty and slightly hoppy. This was a very nice, enjoyable tripel.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2006 19:07:58 | More by UncleJimbo
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4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden/Yellowish/Brown, very unique color. Nice head and lacing. With lots of yeast sediment floating around.

S - Spicy and clean.

T - Taste starts off slightly tangy, banana, sugar, yeast, mild citrus and malt soon follow. Alcohol follows soon after, which leaves a crisp slightly bitter aftertaste.

M - Crisp and just enough carbonation.

D - Pretty decent.

Overall, a decent Tripel. However, there are much better beers out there that represent the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2006 23:20:04 | More by HoustonTX
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4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked & caged 750 ml with 06/05 printed on the cork with plenty of yeasty sediment both stacked on the bottom of the bottle, as well as in suspension...
Appears an orange toned, clear gold with lively carbonation and a huge, fluffy white head that slowly fades. Thick, chunky lace is left around the glass.
Huge amounts of pils malt with Belgian candi sugar, light citrus, dusty cork, golden raisins, honey, apricots, peach, flowers, and spicey pepper.
Taste is of the same aromas with a bit of bitter hops that comes across as bitter lemon rind, & orange peel with a touch of coriander...American hops in there?
Medium bodied brew with a mild dustiness touching upon sweetness, and bitterness. It's sort of like mixing some white sugar with some watered down honey and throwing in some dandelions with a shake of pepper. Now shake it all up in a dusty mug and swallow.
Not bad. Not as good as I remember this being though. Maybe age it longer? Or was it b/c I loved it on draft so much?

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2006 23:46:42 | More by weeare138
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Alberta (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally available in Alberta! Chimay Red and Blue are still some of my favourite beers, and it seems I only dreamt of getting the White cap until bang! it was on the shelves of my local beer stop before I even knew it was orderable in Alberta. What a year--first Rochefort and Achel, now the white cap to complete the Chimay lineup!

Same 330ml bottle as the blue and red. White label with "Tripel" on it. Tasted at cellar temperature in my chalice glass. Aggressive carbonation right from the cap-popping, this poured loudly into the glass forming a thick off-white head that receded fairly quickly. The beer's colour is amazing: deep nectarine-juice and light orange with the softest hue of caramel-brown. The head is consistent at a thin layer though the tightness seems a little lacking. Good sheets of bubbly lacing. Aroma of white sugar and plenty of phenols. Actually the beer smells very much like the yeast-strain of Unibroue's beers. Sourish malts, green apple, and candy sugar. Dusty malts, with lots of yeasty notes. Some woody, resinous and almost faintly smoky smells in there as well. The aroma is very sugary, but also very salty. A delightful smell, just not as complex as I imagined it would be, and it's a little too high on the sugar notes. The initial smell when the head is full is very good though: kind of like the warming, nearly alcoholic smell of fresh rising bread or even fermenting grapes. The taste is quite extraordinarily bitter from beginning to end. Seriously, the hopping is quite predominant at least in mouthfeel and it leaves a dry but sugary/salty aftertaste. One of the bitterest tripels I have had. Excellent fresh hopping. The malts are supportive, but add only little flavouring. Again, the saccharine sweetness feels just too assertive for this tripel. It becomes a little cloying, and it's all I can seem to feel in the mouth after a while. Some fruity notes come though, such as pear and green grapes. Again, this is tasty, but hardly outstanding as far as Belgian tripels go. Fairly high carbonation and a full body. Drinkable, but the sugar in this beer really does distract from its character. Thank goodness we have the blue and red. For a tripel, this was just a tad disappointing from such a great Trappist brewery, even if they are the biggest and most commercial.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2006 09:20:05 | More by Cwrw
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3.4/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pour is deep coppery/golden with a stunning 1.5 inch tall head. Nicely fills out my goblet and looks extremely attractive. Smell is disappointing though, mainly yeast with some malts...nothing surprising.

Taste starts out nice and bitter and then rolls into a spicy tone with strong estery shots that remind me of banana peel. A lot of yeast also present. By the late flavour the spice starts to almost overload the palatte. As the beer warms it gains a more pronounced estery aspect, and the alcohol becomes more pronounced, an almost white wine like finish creeps in...I actually liked this stuff a lot more when it was approaching room temperature than I did out of the fridge.

Mouthfeel, a lot of good things here. Nice bitters, and full on the palatte. Drinkability, just average.

The bottom line is that the this beer seems to do everything pretty decently, but I'm still not sure if it's worth the price. Once the beer has warmed I would put the flavour up to 4, but it starts out only 3, so I have to average the two scores. Solid stuff in any case.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2006 22:07:35 | More by CortexBomb
Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
92 out of 100 based on 3,455 ratings.